AFOABC

Board Members

Barbara Joe, CAFM
President

Barbara began her career as a Registered Social Worker in the 1980’s, then started a computer consulting business. Recognizing the need for technology and finance she began Certified General Accounting courses leading to a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager designation.

Barbara began working for the Sechelt Band in the 1990’s as a coordinator for an employment program while studying accounting and was soon promoted to the full time position of Chief Financial Officer, a role she filled until 2005. In 2006 ready for a new challenge, Barbara agreed to return as the Chief Administrative Officer and continued in that capacity up to 2014.

Currently Barbara is now delivering training and consulting services in Financial Management and Governance, sharing her experience from working for a self-governing First Nation for many years and building management capacity with staff and elected officials.

Barbara is of Kaska Dena heritage, daughter of Martha Shorty, granddaughter of Yanima from Lower Post, BC. She has 3 grown children, Ashley, Sarah and Lakota.

Carol Reimer
CPA, CAFM – Vice President

Carol Reimer served as the Chief Financial Officer for Carrier Sekani Family Services for 23 years before retiring in 2023.  She continues to be active with First Nation Communities providing Accounting services.  She is Chartered Professional Accountant and has held a Certified Aboriginal Financial Management Certificate since 2003.  She joined the board of AFOA BC in 2013 and currently hold the role of Vice President.  She is also the BC representative to the board of AFOA Canada and sits on the education committee.

Carol believes in life-long learning and is proud to bring that passion to the boards at AFOA.  Carol is an active person outside of work enjoying skiing, running with friends, hiking and biking in the mountains nearby and spending time with her family.

Trevor Morrison, CAPA
Vice President

Trevor Morrison has been a devoted member of AFOA BC since 1998 and has served on the AFOABC board since 2009. He received his Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator designation in 2017. Trevor specializes in business, financial and administrative management.

Trevor exceeds all expectations when it comes to his comprehension of leadership, time management, and complex problem solving skills. Being a member of the Gitxsan First Nation, Trevor has ample loyalty and respect for his culture, traditions, and personal values. This life experience has allowed him to become a strong energetic individual with a great knowledge of traditional first nations rights and laws, with the intelligence to advocate and manage with respect, integrity, righteousness, and appreciation which he displays in everything that he undertakes.

Sukhi Chouhan, CPA, CA, CAFM
Treasurer

Sukhi Chouhan is President of Chouhan Accounting Ltd.; with an office in Kamloops, BC. He was designated a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) in 2008 while working at KPMG. In 2015, he became a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) while working as a consultant with Skeetchestn Indian Band and Upper Nicola Indian Band. Mr Chouhan is a member of AFOA. Currently he provides services as Financial Controller – Consultant with Skeetchestn Indian Band and Chief Financial Officer – Consultant with Knucwentwecw Development Corporation in Skeetchestn, BC.

Sukhi assists Chief and Council with strategic planning and setting up for-profit partnerships in a tax effective manner. Sukhi is determined to make a difference by building trust and strong relations through educating his clients by communicating complex matters effectively, helping them to be more confident and self-sufficient. In 2016, Sukhi was elected to the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of British Columbia Board of Director and is the Treasurer for the Board. He chairs the Finance and Audit Committee with the AFOA BC Board of Directors and is dedicated to the betterment of the communities.

Teri Muldon, CAFM, Business Administration
Secretary

Teri Muldon is a Finance Manager at the Skwah First Nation in Chilliwack. Previously, Teri worked as a Director of Finance with the Sts’ailes and Kitselas First Nations. She has 16 years of experience providing full cycle accounting and administrative services in a First Nation environment. While at Kitselas and Sts’ailes, Teri was an active member of the Finance and Audit Committees for nine years. Teri is a CAFM and her education also includes a diploma in Business Administration.

Teri grew up in Hazelton, B.C. and is a member of the Gitxsan Nation. Work attributes include: paying attention to detail; being thorough with a need to be accurate; ability to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks at hand; and finally, is professional and reliable.
During her personal time you will find Teri quilting or creating some sort of craft. Family is extremely important to her and takes every opportunity to spend time with them. Teri has a great sense of humour and gets along very well with peers.

Rayna Barter
Director
Gordon Holley
Director

Gord joined the AFOA BC Board of Directors in December 2022 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role from his

position as President and CEO of Humanity Financial Management Inc. His firm works exclusively with First Nations, social purpose, and Indigenous serving organizations to build internal financial capacity. Humanity Financial is a proud sponsor of AFOA BC and AFOA

Canada; team members have facilitated several accounting workshops at AFOA BC conferences. Gordon also leads the Certified

Non-profit Accounting Professional Program in Canada. And Humanity Financial is currently working on its Progressive Aboriginal Relations

Certification through the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.

Our Staff

Wendy Ham, CPA, CGA, CAFM
Executive Director

Wendy Ham joined AFOA BC as their Executive Director in 2019. Wendy is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Certified Aboriginal Finance Manager. She also holds a certificate in First Nation Tax Administration through the TULO Centre of Indigenous Economics and Thompson River University. Prior to her role at AFOA BC, Wendy was the Finance Manager and Tax Administrator for Sumas First Nation for 7 years. She has been a member of AFOA BC since 2014 and was part of the team at Sumas First Nation who received a Best Practices Award from AFOA BC in 2017.

Wendy’s experience in finance and administration is long and varied as she has worked in the post-secondary education and not-for-profit sectors. She is a firm believer in life-long learning and is happy to bring her experience, knowledge and curiosity to her current role and is honoured to work with all the First Nations in BC.

Krysta Elliott, B.A., Communication
Capacity Development and Communications Manager

Krysta Elliott moved to Vancouver in May of 2007 to study Communications at Simon Fraser University. After graduating in 2011, her love for the mountains and ocean kept her here.

Pursuing her passion for writing is what lead her to choose Communications as a career. She remains inspired by the integration of technology in writing and marketing for business, driving her to continuously expand her skill set.

Krysta currently enjoys working and growing with her AFOA BC team and being part of an organization that strengthens First Nations communities through training and education.

Candise Johnston

Program Coordinator

Candise was born and raised in Richmond, BC, and is Wilp Ganada Nisga’a from Ging̱olx on her mother’s side, and of German/English descent on her father’s.

Candise became familiar with AFOA BC through her mother, Margaret Alexander, providing help at conferences over the years. Candise is a dedicated and loyal employee spending over 20 years in her previous two places of employment. She looks forward to this change with the familiarity of the AFOA BC team. Candise would also like to add the CAFM designation to her list of accomplishments.

Candise is a Canucks fan and loves supporting the team at home games. Family is very important to Candise, she loves her family fiercely, particularly her late mother and younger sister.

Candise’s love for travel began with a high school trip to France and Italy. She has since been to Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, England, Scotland, Ireland and several places in Eastern Canada and throughout the States. Candise is looking forward to checking more places off of her travel list with plans to go to Poland and Germany for Oktoberfest.

Candise can recite just about every line from Jurassic Park and is a big fan of the Harry Potter and Marvel movies.

Tamika Tallio

Project Coordinator

Tamika joined us this year as a Project Coordinator to oversee special projects with Indigenous Services Canada (stay tuned for details of the new wor kshop for ED officers!).

She is from the Nuxalk Nation in Bella Coola and holds a Bachelor of Tourism Management Degree from Thompson Rivers University. “I enjoy working with AFOA BC because supporting Indigenous organizations enables me to use my education to help develop Indigenous-based knowledge in the communities we serve,” says Tamika.